Halifax Town 8 Ossett Town 1: Aspin stunned by rout

BOSS Neil Aspin watched his side smash a club record eight goals past Ossett Town at the Shay last night and admitted he had not seen it coming.

The Shaymen got off to a sluggish start then romped to a victory that restored their nine point lead at the top of the Evo-Stik Premier Division.

"We were very sloppy in the early stages and should have been behind," he said. "And if we had been playing a team that was a bit sharper in front of goal we would have struggled to get back.

"The way Ossett played was so open that there were chances galore and once we clicked into gear we created opportunities.

"You could not see in a million years that we would be 4-1 up at half time.

"Football is a strange game and we have certainly played better than we did last night but we have never scored eight goals while I have been manager so I have to be pleased with that."

Town's late first half flourish as they eased clear did not change Aspin's half time team talk.

"I just said we needed to keep a clean sheet in the second half regardless of what we did going forward," he said.

"And we did do better defensively in the second half."

It was a good night for the strikers with James Dean, Jamie Vardy and Lee Gregory all scoring twice and Richard Marshall coming off the bench to find the net as well.

"I have to pay credit to James Dean," he sad. "It was a toss up whether he started last night because his knee is a bit sore.

"But his second goal was particularly good and he has been a really good player at this level for Halifax.

"His two first half goals paved the way for the win and we took him off at half time as a precaution for Saturday.

"All forwards want to score goals and Lee Gregory got another two and Jamie Vardy could have had six or seven.

"It was not his best game but that's the thing about him - he always produces something."

There was more good news for the Shaymen with news that third-placed Matlock lost 2-1 at Chasetown, leaving them 10 points behind the leaders.

Brighouse Town drew 0-0 at Pickering Town.